Definition of filiation
1 a : filial relationship especially of a son to his father b : the adjudication of paternity
2 a : descent or derivation especially from a culture or language b : the act or process of determining such relationship
First Known Use of filiation
Legal Definition of filiation
1 : a legal relationship of a parent and especially a father and child that creates rights and obligations <used to help prove filiation in a paternity suit — LeBlanc v. LeBlanc, 427 So.2d 1361 (1986)> — see also legitimate filiation — compare acknowledgment, paternity Editor's note: The Louisiana Supreme Court has held that children not entitled to legitimate filiation to the alleged parent, or not legitimated or formally acknowledged by the alleged parent, may establish filiation in a filiation proceeding. This has led to some instances where the legitimate children of one father have been allowed to prove filiation to another father. Such an action does not make the children illegitimate but does create a status of dual paternity.
2 : adjudication of paternity or filiation <the court has made an order of filiation — Idaho Code>
Origin and Etymology of filiation
Late Latin filiatio relationship of a son and father, from Latin filius son
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